Monkey Business (1931 film)

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Monkey Business is a 1931 American Pre-Code comedy film.wikipedia
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Thelma Todd

The film also features Thelma Todd, Harry Woods and Ruth Hall.
Appearing in around 120 feature films and shorts between 1926 and 1935, she is best remembered for her comedic roles in films such as Marx Brothers' Monkey Business and Horse Feathers and a number of Charley Chase's short comedies.

Groucho Marx

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Groucho Marx as Groucho
Other successful films were Monkey Business, Horse Feathers, Duck Soup, and A Night at the Opera.

Harry Woods (actor)

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The film also features Thelma Todd, Harry Woods and Ruth Hall.
Monkey Business (1931)

Rockliffe Fellowes

Rockliffe Fellowes as J.J. "Big Joe" Helton
He appeared mostly in silent films and is probably best known today for his role as gangster Joe Helton in Monkey Business (1931) starring the Marx Brothers.

Cecil Cunningham

Cecil Cunningham as Madame Swempski, opera singer giving interview on ship
Monkey Business (1931) (uncredited)

Marx Brothers

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It is the third of the Marx Brothers' released movies, and the first with an original screenplay rather than an adaptation of one of their Broadway shows.
Their third feature-length film, Monkey Business (1931), was their first movie not based on a stage production.

Chico Marx

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Chico Marx as Chico
There are moments, however, where Chico's characters appear to be genuinely Italian; examples include the film The Big Store, in which his character Ravelli runs into an old friend he worked with in Naples (after a brief misunderstanding due to his accent), the film Monkey Business, in which Chico claims his grandfather sailed with Christopher Columbus, and their very first outing The Cocoanuts, where Mr. Hammer (Groucho) asks him if he knew what an auction was, in which he responds "I come from Italy on the Atlantic Auction!"

Ruth Hall (actress)

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The film also features Thelma Todd, Harry Woods and Ruth Hall.
Monkey Business (1931)

Charlotte Mineau

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One of her last screen appearances was with the Marx Brothers and Thelma Todd in Monkey Business (1931) where she appears as "Emily", a woman overheard by Groucho having an illicit affair on the veranda during the party scene.

Norman Z. McLeod

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It is directed by Norman Z. McLeod with screenplay by S. J. Perelman and Will B. Johnstone.
McLeod made several successful and influential movies such as Taking A Chance (1928), Monkey Business (1931), Horse Feathers (1932), Alice in Wonderland (1933), Topper (1937), Pennies from Heaven (1936), There Goes My Heart (1938), Merrily We Live (1938), Topper Takes a Trip (1939), Little Men (1940), Panama Hattie (1942), Jackass Mail (1942), and his last, Alias Jesse James (1959).

Zeppo Marx

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Zeppo Marx as Zeppo
He also played a pivotal role as the love interest of Ruth Hall in Monkey Business (1931) and of Thelma Todd in Horse Feathers (1932).

Will B. Johnstone

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It is directed by Norman Z. McLeod with screenplay by S. J. Perelman and Will B. Johnstone. Writers S. J. Perelman and Will B. Johnstone were excited to be working with the Marx Brothers, but producer Herman J. Mankiewicz advised them to lower their expectations, calling the brothers "mercurial, devious, and ungrateful ... I hate to depress you, but you'll rue the day you ever took the assignment. This is an ordeal by fire, make sure you wear asbestos pants."
His writing credits include the Marx Brothers's Broadway revue I'll Say She Is and, with S.J. Perelman, their first two Hollywood films, Monkey Business and Horse Feathers.

Tom Kennedy (actor)

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Monkey Business (1931) as Gibson

Bess Flowers

Bess Flowers as wife of man dressed as Indian at party
Monkey Business (1931) (uncredited)

Ben Taggart

Ben Taggart as Captain Corcoran
Monkey Business (1931) as Captain Corcoran (with the Marx Brothers)

S. J. Perelman

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It is directed by Norman Z. McLeod with screenplay by S. J. Perelman and Will B. Johnstone. Writers S. J. Perelman and Will B. Johnstone were excited to be working with the Marx Brothers, but producer Herman J. Mankiewicz advised them to lower their expectations, calling the brothers "mercurial, devious, and ungrateful ... I hate to depress you, but you'll rue the day you ever took the assignment. This is an ordeal by fire, make sure you wear asbestos pants."
In cinema, Perelman is noted for co-writing scripts for the Marx Brothers films Monkey Business (1931) and Horse Feathers (1932), and for the Academy Award-winning screenplay Around the World in 80 Days (1956).

Herman J. Mankiewicz

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Writers S. J. Perelman and Will B. Johnstone were excited to be working with the Marx Brothers, but producer Herman J. Mankiewicz advised them to lower their expectations, calling the brothers "mercurial, devious, and ungrateful ... I hate to depress you, but you'll rue the day you ever took the assignment. This is an ordeal by fire, make sure you wear asbestos pants."
Between 1930 and 1932 he was either producer or associate producer on four comedies and helped write their screenplays without credit: Laughter, Monkey Business, Horse Feathers, and Million Dollar Legs, which many critics considered one of the funniest comedies of the early 1930s.

Sweet Adeline (song)

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Early on in Monkey Business, the Brothers—playing stowaways concealed in barrels—harmonize unseen while performing the popular song "Sweet Adeline".
The song was performed by the Marx Brothers in their 1931 film Monkey Business.

List of banned films

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Monkey Business was banned in some countries because censors feared it would encourage anarchic tendencies.

You Brought a New Kind of Love to Me

Each brother impersonates Chevalier (complete with straw hat) and sings "You Brought a New Kind of Love to Me" ("If the nightingales could sing like you ...") in turn.
The song has been used in other movies, including Monkey Business (1931), where the Marx Brothers steal Chevalier's passport and sing this song to try to prove they are Chevalier as they attempt to pass through US Customs.

Harpo Marx

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Harpo Marx as Harpo

Maurice Chevalier

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One of the sequences in this film involves the four brothers attempting to get off the ship using a passport stolen from famous singer (and fellow Paramount star) Maurice Chevalier.
While Chevalier was under contract with Paramount, his name was so recognized that his passport was featured in the Marx Brothers film Monkey Business (1931).

The House That Shadows Built

This skit was also done by the Marxes in the Paramount promotional film The House That Shadows Built (1931).
The film is best known for a six-minute segment starring the Marx Brothers, with Davison Clark playing Mr. Lee, Theatrical Producer, which was intended to promote their forthcoming 1931 film Monkey Business (Clark also played the role of the frustrated Passport Official in Monkey Business and would later appear in the war scene in Duck Soup).

Horse Feathers

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This is the first Marx Brothers film not to feature Margaret Dumont: this time their female foil is comedian Thelma Todd, who would also star in the Marx Brothers' next film, Horse Feathers.
The caricatures of the four brothers that are briefly flashed during the credits are taken from a promotional poster from their previous film, Monkey Business.